Dignitaries and developers on Wednesday celebrated the opening of a small road in Owings Mills that they hope will make transportation smoother in the area.
David S. Brown Enterprises built a short road — about 100 feet long — connecting its Metro Centre at Owings Mills project to the existing Owings Mills Mall property. With the two properties connected, visitors can travel between the mall, homes, AMC Theatres and office buildings on one side and the Metro Center mixed-use project on the other side.
The new road also makes it easier for people who live and work around the mall to reach Interstate 795, which is linked from the Metro Centre at Owings Mills.
Howard S. Brown, chairman of David S. Brown Enterprises, said the road was a small but worthwhile project. The road was required by Baltimore County as part of the approval process for Metro Centre.
"It's not a big job. It's about making a connection," he said.
Brown's company continues to build out Metro Centre, which already includes parking garages, apartments, retail shops and a building with a library branch and classrooms for the Community College of Baltimore County.
Construction is under way on a four-floor office building to open later this year, and after that will come a 235-room hotel in late 2016 or early 2017. More apartments and offices also are planned.